Perhaps you’ve heard: men’s suits are back—definitively, radically, triumphantly. The best suits under $1000 reflect that mood wholeheartedly. Wearing a suit is downright fun again: It means you have a reason to be dressed, to be out in the world, to celebrate.
Whether you’re in need of something big and brash to cause a stir at an upcoming wedding, or a sharp, versatile two-piece to nail your return to the office, there’s a top-notch suit out there for you that won’t break the bank. We know, because we found them all. From workday corduroys to classic gray flannels, here are the 15 absolute best suits for men under $1000.
6 Superlative Sub-$1,000 Suits
The Can’t-Fail Pick
We’re not sure exactly how Todd Snyder managed to concoct such a good suit for well under $1,000, but we’re certainly not complaining. If you haven’t worn a suit in a while, the aptly-named Foundation is a fantastic place to start, largely thanks to its comfortably tailored fit (a far cry from the usual department store fare) that never veers into shrink-wrapped territory. Got a job interview next month? Gearing up for your second cousin’s third wedding? Just want to wear a slick-as-hell two-piece for shits and giggles? Don’t overthink it: This is the suit to buy.
The Classic Pick
You can’t go wrong with a gray flannel suit, and you especially can’t go wrong with a gray flannel suit designed by Ralph Lauren, the uncontested king of classic all-American tailoring.
The New Classic Pick
Prefer your East Coast tailoring with a dose of West Coast chill? Head straight to Buck Mason, where the brand cuts its rugged wool suits with the same attention to detail they pay their cult-loved tees.
The Fall-Ready Pick
A tweed two-piece this sharp might not confer an honorary PhD with purchase, but it really should. Pair it with a rumpled striped button-up and groovy tie to really lean into the professorial vibe, or ditch the shirt altogether in favor of a plush cashmere knit.
The Mall Trippin’ Pick
J.Crew’s signature Ludlow model was the bang-for-your-buck suit of the early 2010s, and though the brand still makes the silhouette you remember, the Kenmare is a more-than-worthy successor. This one is cut relaxed from an ultra-luxe Italian moleskin, in a gorgeous shade of toffee we can only describe as [pinched fingers emoji].
The Cheaper-Than-It-Should-Be Pick
If you’re a little surprised to see Madewell on this list, we don’t blame you—hell, we’re pretty surprised ourselves. Thanks to an injection of new energy from three veteran menswear whizzes (including erstwhile GQ deputy fashion director Jon Tietz), the mall brand mainstay is churning out primo suiting for pennies on the dollar. Come for the brash pinstripes and dialed-in silhouette, stay for the high-quality fabrics and surprisingly tony Italian pedigree.
The Hard-Partying Pick
For a long time, black suits got a bad rap; we’ve all heard that tired chestnut about weddings and funerals, right? You could wear Sunflower’s boss-man riff to a wedding (congrats) or a funeral (condolences), but its true calling is the dance floor, where its strong shoulders and brash peak lapels will help distract from your not-so-strong and not-so-brash moves.
The (Capital-W) Work Pick
Suits aren’t the exclusive preserve of weddings and job interviews; some are made to get real work done—or at least look like you could if the opportunity presented itself. Alex Mill’s is constructed from a rough-and-tumble cotton twill done up in a range of classic colors, and looks just as good as together as it does as separates. Add a chambray shirt and hardy boots to the mix, and you could almost convince us the jacket is a chore coat.
The Prime Time Scandi Pick
In 2023, Scandi menswear is a little less Monocle, a little more Metal Maniacs. Exhibit A: Mfpen’s de-fussed pinstripe number, which takes its cues from the exuberant music scene of the ’70s, a full decade before the pattern was co-opted by pomaded Gordon Gekko wannabes.
The Deceptively British Pick
Unlike their Italian counterparts, British suits, the kind cut by master tailors on Savile Row, aren’t exactly famous for their easy-going nature. So when you stumble across one like this—unstructured, unfussy, but done up in a very English countryside pattern—you shouldn’t waste time debating whether you’ll wear it. Buy it and the occasion will come.
The Don’t-Call-It-A-Suit Pick
Much like Frank Ocean’s canonical Met Gala fit, Our Legacy’s corduroy zip-up set zigs when other suits zag. “Tailoring” is more of a state of mind, anyway.
The Holiday Circuit Pick
Yes, Supreme sells absolutely killer suiting. And yes, you should wear this crushed velvet beauty to every holiday party on your calendar this year.
The Peak Layering Pick
Ready for a quick game of menswear geography? To make its duck canvas suit, Nitty Gritty sourced the fabric from Japan, shipped it to Italy, and then routed the finished package back home, to the shelves of its Stockholm boutique. But if the the best part of fall is layering, the best part of this ultra-hardy set is the removable fleece liner that comes with the jacket.
The “You Got Your Suit Where?” Pick
Seoul might not be the first city that comes to mind when you think of elite-level tailoring, but thanks to labels like After Pray—and a cohort of exciting upstart brands—the thrumming South Korean metropolis has transformed itself into a capital-M Menswear powerhouse. Wool blends this luxe rarely come this cheap.
The Disco Fever Pick
How do you make a classic black suit feel all kinds of fresh? You supersize the lapels and drizzle in a little Boogie Nights flavor.